Markbass SD800 Died

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by skidmarkbass, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. My Markbass SD800 is unusable at the moment it has been cutting out. I'm out of warranty and I don't know if its worth fixing. Anyway, the other night I rigged up a QSC 1850 power amp with a Boss gt6b as a preamp and it really sounds quite good with my pbass. I might just use it instead of buying a new head.
  2. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tampa, FL.
    If it works it works lol.
  3. For Sure.............
    Your song sounds GREAT jmattbassplaya!
  4. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The first time I heard Epifani speakers at NAMM, Nick was using a Sansamp Bass driver through a power amp. It sounded fabulous. Nothing wrong with doing what you're doing.
  5. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    My ccondolences on the 800. Maybe it would be worth it to find out what is wrong?
  6. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Step 1: Open the amp up and see if there are any visual clues. (Smell of smoke, or burned areas, or whatever.) See if any screws or plugs have come loose.
  7. No burned smell... I found a local guy that fixes amps and will evaluate it FREE. If the estimate isn't too bad I might have it fixed. My experience has been that amps are never the same after a major repair and I never trust them without having a backup.
  8. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    It won't be that hard to get fixed in the land of rocket science.
    Might just need rebasing, even transistor amps can drift, bias wise.
    Put them straight and they will continue without drifting much further,
    as they must be well burned in now.:bassist:
  9. I'd be careful there. Many 'local' guys who are not in Markbass's US service network probably would not have much of a clue as to what is needed (although probably a good first step if it won't cost you anything to see if it is just a jack or something).

    Markbass's US service network is getting pretty good reviews from the very few owners who have issues with these VERY reliable heads. Even if you need to replace the board, the price is not particularly high at this point.

    Contact Peter Murray through PM and he will help you sort it out.
  10. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    Note that Peter is no longer the rep, but he can tell you who to contact. He's still on TB and says he's willing to do as much, and probably more.
  11. Cool. Haven't been following the Markbass thing as closely these days. Hopefully, the OP can get that nice head working again with minimal hassle.
  12. Rapisme

    Rapisme Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Contact Peter Murray through PM and he will help you sort it out. +1 Peter is a great guy. hell point you in the right direction.
  13. I did get the info from GC.

    If the unit is no longer under warranty and you like to send in for service, our estimate fee is $35.00 applied to a $75.00 per hour labor rate –Our turn-around time for repair is about 1-2 days.
  14. Tried SD800 again at home to replicate the problem, and at home the amp DOES NOT cut out. I played for an hour with no problem. Now I'm starting to think it could have been the electricty at the rehersal studio. I'm going to bring an extension cord next time and try a different outlet. I also did notice that the gator hard case that I use for the head does not have a side openning. The MB fan is on the side not the back, maybe the amp gets too hot. When i tested it at home it was not in the hard case.
  15. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    It could be that the protection circuit was just doing its' job. Maybe the heat Or Maybe crappy Electric supply like you said. I am seriously considering a top quality power conditioner because of problems like these with My Class D Amp. You could always bring a test meter with you to next rehearsal and check for Voltage Drop and look for 60HZ Frequency. There may be other things to check but I don't know what they are. I just know that certain class D amps don't like Crappy Power supplies. I have had 2 amps fry on me so far from the same Outlet at my drummers house. I am bringing my Meter with me next time we Jam to test the Outlet in question.
  16. Good idea... On the meter and power conditioner. I'll look into one myself.
  17. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    +1 on the power conditioner.

    If you have an electrician friend have him check your AC recep's with his meter to see if there's anything funny going on.

    Good luck!
  18. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    The SD800 is definitely worth repairing - IF there is a problem at all.

    Sometimes, it is only the protection device that is getting hinky - it happens.

    Note that most power conditioners are just filters and don't do anything about low voltage. It takes a pretty large unit to have that ability. Such devices usually have a giant multi-tapped transformer inside to adjust the voltage up or down.
  19. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    I would not be comfortable having the side vent blocked.
    First remove it from the case and try it at rehearsal so air flow is unrestricted.
  20. I will try it out of the case next practice. I think that Markbass sells a carry bag with a side openning fo rthe fan.